The Miami Dolphins must have liked what they heard from Patriots’ director of player personnel Nick Caserio during his two interviews with the club for their general manager opening, because multiple reports Saturday night said the Dolphins offered Caserio the job.
But not long after those reports came out, there were follow-up reports that Caserio is staying put in New England.
Miami moved quickly with Caserio, who became the eighth person interviewed for the GM opening on Friday, and was one of three men to get a second interview on Saturday, as announced by the team.
Caserio, Titans’ vice president of football operations Lake Dawson, and Tampa Bay director of player personnel Dennis Hickey met with team owner Stephen Ross on Saturday, while the Dolphins’ current assistant general manager, Brian Gaine, had his second interview on Friday night (Caserio’s first interview was early Friday morning).
A member of the New England organization since 2001, Caserio has held his current position since 2008, though it remains to be seen whether he will get a change in job title from the Patriots now that he’s staying.
Scott Pioli was the Patriots’ vice president of player personnel when he left for Kansas City in 2009. Bill Belichick is the de facto general manager, and has final say over personnel matters.
His interviews with the Dolphins mark the first known time Caserio has talked with another team. Though he’s garnered interest in the past, he has turned down the chance to even interview.
In January 2012, the Colts reached out to Caserio after they fired longtime executive Bill Polian, and Caserio quickly said thanks, but no thanks.
“I would say that I’ve got a great job here in New England, I work with a great staff – I’m privileged to work for the head coach [Bill Belichick] that I do,” he explained at the time. “Today is no different than it was any other day and I enjoy being here.”
Miami is having a difficult time filling its GM opening, which has been open since the team and Jeff Ireland “mutually decided” to part ways on Jan. 7. The Dolphins have been transparent about the search, announcing who have been interviewed on the team's website.
But the organization is becoming a bit of a laughingstock, as four candidates declined to interview. One man who was considered a front-runner, Cleveland’s Ray Farmer, turned down a second interview.
And now Caserio has spurned them.
Part of the problem, apparently, is the structure of the organization. According to the Miami Herald, it is unclear who the eventual GM will report to and who will report to the GM.